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more. thars all for to be the. thank you for joining us, dvr the show if you can't catch us live. have a great night. we'll see you right back here tomorrow. ♪ lou: the obama administration tonight ramping up diplomatic efforts to end seer -- syria's bloody civil war and the fear assad could use chemical weapons against his own people. the military is prepared to use poisen gas bombs, secretary of hillary clinton flew to dublin to hold a meeting with her russian counter part and u.n. enjoy to syria meeting to discuss how they would end the now 21-month long conflict in syria and how to move assad from power. and there's no sign they had to reverse the support, and today, a senior lawmaker says the syria government is now incapable of functioning properly. just before the meeting with the russian foreign minister, secretary clinton insisted that the united states and russia share common goals in the region. >> trying hard to work hard with russia to stop the bloodshed in syria and begin a political transition to a post asad future. the pressure against the regime in and around damascu
layaway accounts for families that can use the help. it is a trend sweeping the nation. as we talked about earlier, often bringing up the best in people, and super storm sandy was no exception. here is another example. michael of brooklyn, check this out, every day he is treading his death in his red suit with his red cent delivering presents to boys and girls. he gets requests from kids and has been blessed with a huge influx of the nation's. michael johnson the qualifies for the nice list, and i'm thankful they're out there. that's my "2 cents more." here is how you vote in on the poll question we asked on with the emphasis this holiday season, thanksgiving. merry christmas. happy holidays. have a good one. ♪ lou: good evening. this beakers failure to win republican support in the house for his plan the proposal on the fiscal cliff has embarrassed the speaker, but the speaker's failure means a solution to the fiscal cliff is, if they're going to be one, now resting squarely upon president obama. arsine to be vacationing president alone cannot propose legisl
using clinton's policies again, it's important to remember who was wrong and what the effect will be of those policies. if they are making the same arguments that proved to be wrong the last time we tried this, well, then the role of the media should be able to do that out loudly, even on sunday morning, which happened this weekend on "meet the press" because lawrence was there. first look is up next. >>> right now on first look, it is crunch time in washington, president obama ratchets up the pressure on lawmakers as they try to hammer out a deal on the fiscal cliff before the holiday recess. >>> new details on a navy s.e.a.l. who died during a daring mission in afghanistan. >>> plus, a fireball over texas, and more dogs behind the wheel. good morning, even. i'm lynn berry. there is a renewed sense urgency in washington as house members returned to town today with just 21 days left to avert that so-called fiscal cliff, and if the framework for an agreement isn't reached by the end of the week, lawmakers could be spending christmas in d.c. tracie potts has those good morning.
and spike food prices. have you even heard about this? the head of one mississippi barge operator joins us whether a disaster can still be avoided. >>> would you sublet your name for an entire year? a bidding war breaks out for the right to one man's name. he is here to explain his bold idea and how he is cashing in. even when they say it's not it is always about money melissa: first let egg look at the day's market headlines. concern over the fiscal cliff bleeding into the u.s. manufacturing sector. factory activity in november declined for the first time in three months. the news weighted down stocks helping shed 59 points off the dow. the raw materials sector hit hard by the contraction in manufacturing. shares of dupont were the biggest loser closing down 2%. dell getting golden endorsement from goldman sachs today. the investment bank upgraded the struggling computer-maker saying the stock has been oversold. the dell shares rose by 4% over that news. to our top story tonight, speaker boehner and house republicans are rolling out their fiscal cliff counteroffer to the white house. incl
seaport complex at a near standstill for the eighth straight day. drake christopher is going to join us with how this could impact your holiday season. lori: i was just kidding, actually. bacon is kosher. i do not eat kosher. melissa: speaking of kosher -- lori: rubbing elbows with the royals. our next ambassador -- you are speechless. melissa: i do not know about that one. time for stocks now as we do every 15 minutes. nicole petallides is standing by. nicole: right now, we are seeing the dow jones industrial average down just 12 points. so far, we are having a losing week on wall street. let's see what happens at the end of the day. these moves are really fractional. the s&p down a third of a percent. december, traditionally, is the best month for the s&p 500 since 1950. we will see whether or not that seems to come to correlation. i want to take a look at some of the auto retailers. it turns out they are not doing so well with their sales. pat boys, in particular, revenue missing for the third time in a row. both companies not seeing sales. warmer weather plays a role. back to you. m
. >> thanks for being with us. stay with the fox news channel as breaking news coverage on a busy, busy news night continues, and as always, thank you for being with us. >> this is a fox news alert. a gunman opened fire at a mall in oregon, shooting and killing two people. gunman, police say, is dead. join us on the phone is james from the clackamas county sheriff's department. can you tell me, sir, what happened? what do you know? >> about 3:30 today we got a series of 911 calls describing an active shooter at the clackamas county mall. police responded immediately and began searching the mall for the shooter and evacuating people and making the scene secure. since then we've determined that we secured the shooter. he's dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and we are still carefully and methodically going through the mall, searching every room and every square foot and removing people from the mall. >> have you identified the shooter and determined whether this is a random act of violence? actually pure evil. or whether or not somebody was specifically targeted? >> we have not
a sign progress is quietly being made with both sides? rich edson is at the white house for us. rich. >> good evening, sandra. house speaker john boehner left the capitol building about 10 minutes ago. he will motorcade over here. he should be here in a short while to begin yet another meeting with president obama. the two had a phone call earlier this week. on the phone the house speaker said they made little progress. aides say over the last few weeks there has been little discussion, constructive discussion moving towards a compromise. this is yet another attempt to get something moving. the white house put an offer on the table. republicans called it a joke. house republicans put a offer on the table. white house said it wasn't serious. since then the two sides have not moved that much closer to one another. the white house wants immediate tax increase on families earning more than $250,000 through a tax rate increase. for republicans they want more detailed spending cut plan out of the white house before they agree to any revenue increases. that impasse has continued. when you t
and i appreciate you guys very much. see ow january 2. that's it for us. check out the fox news factor web site, which is different from bill o'reilly dot-com. the key point is on power. also, we would like you to spout off about the factor from anywhere in the world. i am going to force miss laura to read some of this mail tomorrow. name and town, name and town if you wish to opine. word of the of the day, do not be a noddy when writing to the factor. i am bill o'reilly. please, always remember that the spin stops right here because bee are -- we are definitely looking out for you. >> sean: this is a fox news alert. the republican leadership in the house do not have enough votes to pass speaker john boehner's plan "b." just moments ago, we learned that they have pulled the bill. now, this is how it all went down. the house, unexpectedly called a recess, which effectively postponed this vote. watch this. >> voting in the affirmative is passed themologists to reconsider is laid upon the table. the house will stand in recess, subject to the call of the chair. >> sean: after the re
, roger altman and barry knapp. we have thorsten heins joining us, as well. >> our big story of the morning, it could be a tense days for the markets as the resolution to the physical cliff appears less likely. we can see the futures opening at least 150 off if things keep up the way they are. house speaker john boehner failing to mount enough support for his plan b that would raise taxes only on families earning more than $1 million. the president vowing he will press ahead with congress to get a deal done. >> he wasn't going to do it, anyway. what does he mean it will press ahead? >> i don't know. >> because it wasn't going to go to the senate. >> but to me, the demonstration that boehner didn't have the support -- you thought boehner never had the support for this plan? >> no. i'm saying boehner didn't have support to do it even at a million -- >> which suggests to me what kind of rationale -- >> because maybe the house wanted some actually spending cuts. after giving in on tax breaks, they didn't go -- >> we always wondered if boehner can deliver the right. i wonder if th
that may have contributed to the apparent suicide of this nurse. >> matthew chance for us this morning in london. >>> in washington all eyes on the fiscal cliff, now just 22 days away. with the white house and republican leaders at a stalemate, president obama is hitting the road to rally support for his plan, which would raise taxes for the wealthiest americans. he met yesterday with house speaker john boehner, their first face to face meeting in more than three weeks. today the president will visit a detroit engine factory to rally support from auto workers. the president's meeting with speaker boehner didn't yield a big breakthrough, but the men did manage to agree on one thing, and that is that they will keep their negotiations behind closed doors. the men released this identical statement, saying this afternoon the president and speaker boehner met at the white house to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. we're not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open. cnn's dan lothian is at the white house this morning. dan, i guess the fac
, with breaking news coverage on a busy, busy news night continues. as always, thank you for being with us. >> this is a nox news alert. a gunman opened fire in a mall in oregon, shooting and killing two people. the gunman, police say, is dead. joining us on the phone is james rose with the clackamas county sheriffs department. can you tell us what you know? >> caller: at 3:30 today, we got a series of 911 calls, describing an active shooter at the mall. the police responded immediately. and began searching the mall for the shooter and evacuating people, making the scene secure. since then, we have determined, we have secured the shooter, he is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. we are carefully and methodically going through the mall, searching every room and square foot, removing people from the mall. >> have you identified the shooter and determined whether this is a random act of violence, pure evil, or whether or not somebody was specifically targeted? >> we have not. but the investigation is underway as we speak. >> did the gunman say anything? did any witnesses repo
, welcome to the willis report. tracy: i'm tracy byrnes in for gerri willis, less than 3 weeks before u.s. falls off the fiscal cliff, speaker john bain ser slamming the brakes on any hopes a deal is coming soon, making it clear both sides have differences. second in command, eric cantor warning members not to make any plan for holidays, and kevin brady of texas, vice chairman of joint economic committee, thank you, are we still that far apart? >> you know we are. i started optimistic to get this done before the holidays, but, i don't feel that way, it seems to me the decision has been made, perhaps by white house to take us off this fiscal cliff. i think this is irresponsible to do it we're ready to work out a reasonable sound solution but i do not see that coming from the other side right now. tracy: is it because there is so much going on behind scenes. they think there is a lot of secret wheeling and dealing with john boehner and the president do you agree? >> i do not, i think he -- they have been sporadic talks, i know speaker boehner has been frustrated with how slow the responses
, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> all right. top of the hour. good morning. 6:00 on the east coast, it's wednesday, december 19th. christmas is almost here. >> very respectful dialogue. the nra had a respectful statement. i think a lot of people showing respect on this. >> feel something may be be happening. >> feel some grown-ups, maybe. there are, of course, exceptions. >> there are a few. we have mike barnicle with us. you're not an exception. beautiful piece in "the daily news" today. we'll read that in must read. thank you very much. former treasury officials. mark ratner is with us as well. he has a must read. i'm serious. >> beautiful. >> also in washington, washington anchor for "bbc world news america" katty kay. >> no pieces, sorry. >> you'll write one next time. thank you. so we've got a lot to get to this morning. >> a lot to talk about today. >> those exceptions, what are you talking about? >> just in the conversation about everything you thought there were two exceptions. >> rick perr
, they are practicing the ho, ho, hos. tweet us the card and photos and e-mail them to us as well. a lot of the time people can photoshop and take a bunch of them and easy to put the card and you can do that. >>> and thanks again, guys. "fox and friends" starts now. >> gretchen: good morning everybody. today is thursday. i am gretchen carlson and thanks for sharing your time today. brand new information on the newtown killer's final days what was he plan where was his mom in the final days? >> steve: meanwhile the fiscal cliff is bigger, not only with your taxes go up. you might not get a tax refund check even if you are owed money. >> brian: lawmakers will not let that fiscal cliff get in the way of movie night. did the break, did they watch here comes on -- we are live in dc, "fox and friends" starts now. ♪ "fox and friends". >> gretchen: they had movie night? >> steve: yeah. on lincoln. >> brian: most overerated movie of the year. >> steve: not since mr. smith went to washington has the movie inspired the senate. harry reid rled it out. it is the end of the year. >> brian: it was incredible to
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and could possibly use it against its own people. the whole world is watching. the whole world is is watching very closely. >> they must not think about deploying these things. >> shepard: but what will it take to make a dictator back down? cops finally catch up with millionaire software mogul john mcafee. >> they are trying to arrest me for coming into the country illegal. >> shepard: they did. and then it got even weirder. tonight, what put mcafee in the hospital. but first from fox this thursday night. saran gas. a deadly nerve agent so deadly, in fact, a single drop could kill new a matter of minutes. and right now we're waiting to see whether the syrian president bashar assad is insane enough or evil enough to ignore warnings from the entire world and unleash that banned chemical weapon against his own people. last night, officials told fox news his forces have mixed the components for the saran gas. and now that that is done, saran has a shelf life of 60 days. use it or lose it and the senior u.s. military official says it looks like the syrians have placed the gas in bre
. steve is going to be talking about their expansion right here in the u.s. including a three-star, upscale hotel. they had been focusing on the lower scale hotels. will that hurt their brand, or might it increase it? we'll be asking him. liz: first, what drove the markets in today's data download. stocks closing higher after struggling for direction early on with the dow crossing the flat line 25 times. all three major indices did post gains. technology had to be, right? was one of the best performers along with consumer discretionary. today's top performing sectors, health care and utilities, well, they did lag. the number of americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits falling for a third straight week as we remind you, thises the number you want to see fall. hurricane sandy's impact continues to slowly but surely subside. we had weekly jobless claims dropping by 25,000 last week to a seasonally-adjusted 370,000. the week's prior total was revised upward to 395,000 from 393,000. and treasury prices rising today, pushing yields back down to their lowest level
's market headlines. fiscal cliff talks may be a mess but not ruining the party for investors. u.s. third quarter gdp was revised up to 3.1%. not bad. november existing home seams -- sales hit nice not seen. wall street shares of the nyse euronext skyrocketed 34%. the company is being acquired by rival intercontinental exchange for $3.2 billion in cash and stock. >>> research in motion may be crawling its way out of the abyss. the blackberry maker left for dead earlier this year. now shares are up more than 100% in three months. it also beat third quarter estimates on both the top and bottom lines. shares leaping after hours. >>> we start tonight with the convergence of reality an hollywood. matt damon's new film, "promised land" opens next friday but it is already sparking major controversy in the energy community. critic it is of the film say it casts fracking in a very negative light. they flat-out reject some truths about the process. with california imposing its first fracking regulations only yesterday. is this just hollywood being hollywood or is there an agenda behind this that's
with us. >> thank you for having me. >> that does it for us today. join us tomorrow. right now it's time for "squawk on the street." >> good tuesday morning. i'm carl with melissa lee, david faber, live from the new york stock exchange. jim cramer is on assignment today. well, are we getting close to a fiscal cliff deal or not. futures are up and the dow gained 100 yesterday. but there is room for skepticism. europe's grappling with the same question helped by some decent uk inflation data today. and a t-bill auction in spain. our road map begins with what appear to be significant progress in the debt negotiations overnight. a whose proposal looking to raise rates for those making more than $400,000 a year. but senator corker on squawk just poured a bucket of ice water on those hopes. >> whitney boosts her recommendations on citi, bank of america and discover financial. is that move by one of the more famous financial bears, a sign of a new era for banks? >> walmart is once again the target of a "new york times" investigation. but does the paper add anything new and can the stock outperf
are the electricity your tv is using comes from coal. coal, not oil, provides half the country's electricity, and there's a cost. miners die. >> they were great men. they were awesome men. >> that's why melissa lee says she's speaking out... >> thank you all. >> even though, she says, it's caused trouble for her in the cy. >> i was receiving phone calls making ugly comments that i need to shut up. [ticking] >> why are hundreds of freezing people gathering in the middle of the night in this knoxville parking lot? >> who's got number one? number one. number two? >> they're here in hopes of seeing a doctor. this is a clinic set up by remote area medical, a charity founded to bring doctors to the amazon, but now it's a lifeline for the uninsured here at home. >> you drove 200 miles to get here? >> yes, sir. >> and slept in this parking lot for seven or more hours? >> yes, sir. >> welcome to 60 minutes on cnbc. i'm morley safer. in this edition, we look at the hard times faced by millions of americans during the economic downturn. we begin with american families falling out of the middle class. t
us will be laid to rest. we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since more americans have died of gun violence. we know such violence has terrible consequences for a society. if there's even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try. over these past five days, a discussion has reemerged as to what we might do not only to deter mass shootings in the future, but to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day. and it's encouraging that people of all different backgrounds and believes and political persuasions have been willing to challenge some old assumptions and change long-standing positions. that conversation has to continue. but this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply held passions and political divides. as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health
to the factor. thanks for watching us tonight. i am bill o'reilly. please always remember that the spin stops right here because we are definitely looking out for you. [yelling] >> sean: welcome to "hannity." twisted and dark soul of liberalism. the republicans' state legislature. workers will no longer be required to pay union fees as a condition of employment. as a result, more jobs are probably going to come to michigan. as a result, this modest, very reasonable growth-oriented law, organized labor has gone insane and now resorted to violence, which is perfectly predictable since as the national review puts it, is so well organized, it's labor's business model to mechanically, well, identify and use extortion. it is in the name of the extortionist trade to resort to violence when they are frustrated. fox news contributor was beaten by a mob, having been punched repeatedly in the face. protesters wielding knives for the conservative group, americans for prosperity, housing women and children and old people and bystanders and they were ruffed up. a democratic legislature declared on the floo
again. >> we got to thank these guys. join us tomorrow. squawk on the street is next. >>> take a look at how we are setting up on this thursday session, the day after the federal reserve decision. a lot of economic data out this morning, jobless claims coming in better than expected. core ppi in line with consensus. retail sales light. as for the picture in europe, take a look there. really following the cues of the u.s. markets this morning. our road map today starts with the fed announcing a new round of stimulus as chairman ber bernanke warps the fiscal cliff is hurting growth. house speaker john boehner expected to talk on the cliff talks 11 a.m. eastern time. >> told you this week, of course, they were talking actively, now, sprint/nextel offering to purchase the other half of clearwire it doesn't own. >> surges of best buy surging on reports that the founder is on the verge of making a formal takeover bid. >> and google maps has found its way back into apple's operating system. >> of course, we have to start off with the markets. dow's five-day winning streak has been snapped, d
, that will go up to 4.7 trillion. whatever happens to this deal will not do anything to get us closer to balance the budget or cutting spending. there are no politics organize around it. democrats think we can borrow money at these rates forever and there is no worry about that, and they will be right until the moment they are wrong and if they are wrong, this countries in a world of trouble. melissa: we're looking at raising taxes on the wealthy, still at the same time that is the issue at the forefront it seems it has to be settled first to get any further. do you think they will settle in the middle on families that make more than 400,000, a lot of people think that will be the point in the middle that we end it, what do you think? >> both sides right now according to today and yesterday are circling around each other at pretty close levels, it looks like we're heading towards an agreement. i think it will be somewhere there. republicans will have to take a real take on increasing taxes on the wealthy because perversely because they held the line on taxes for only so long instead of talking a
. the u.s. economy added 111,000 private sector jobs according to adp. a bit weaker than expected. because of impacts from hurricane sandy. the bank saying it is looking for ways to cut expenses. those cuts amount to 4% of the companies workforce and is estimated to save $1.1 billion every year. stocks now and every 15 minutes. nicole petallides. nicole: we are looking at a market that is to the downside. let's take a look at citigroup. it is about 4% of the workforce. citigroup is higher. it has had an up arrow throughout the day today. we saw the dow jones industrials this week to the downside. we had two consecutive days in selling. down arrows for the nasdaq. down 1.1%. connell: breaking news out of washington. earlier, speaker boehner speaking about the fiscal cliff. now it is president obama. let's listen. >> we have emerged not yet where we need to be, but we certainly have made progress. the reason we have made progress in part is because of the outstanding management and productivity and gains and efficiencies that you have been able to achieve in each and every one of your compan
. we have two guest hosts with us. welcome to both of you you. we have a lot of things to talk about. the white house says that a republican counteroffer does not meet the test of balance. the latest republican offer would overhaul the tax code and raise $800 billion in new revenue, it would also seek $600 billion in health savings and $200 billion for revising the cost of living increases for social security. the net savings would add up to $2.2 trillion over ten years. now, again, this is the republican counterproposal to the plan that the white house has already put out. speaker john boehner has said that this is something that is much closer to the bowles-simpson proposal. erskine bowles saying the gop offer does not represent the plan, he says both sides are kind of far away from it at this point and that it's now up to negotiators to figure out where the middle ground is today. >> bowles said that the mid point that i used back in -- this is where we were last year. so used the mid point of the negotiations, but it's in longer the mid point i guess. >> he also said -- he is a t
, the u.s., avoiding the fiscal cliff, will be very good for them. you look at the build that it's had over the past three weeks, judge, it's up from roughly 35, pushing up towards 39 right now, that etf is, and i think if and when we do push this behind us, the fiscal cliff, that is, i think this one goes into the mid 40s. so i would buy fxi. >> let's debate these around the table a little bit. stephanie? i mean you're more positive i guess than negative on china. you like the fxi? >> we have been involved in it for awhile. we like a lot of the industrials. we like a lot of the mining stocks. >> have we talked about that one? >> maybe just a little bit. i do think you are definitely seeing some momentum pick up in china. and some of the nonbelievers are starting to become believers. and the data over the weekend was pretty compelling. other than the trade data and the export data, which i think people are expecting it to be a little bit soft given what's going on in the global world. but you look at retail sales and industrial production at new eight-month highs, i think that's very e
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. >>> and bracing for draco. the named winter storm is moving across the u.s., slamming a dozen states already and threatening to disrupt holiday travel in many, many more. it's thursday, december 20th. we've got one day left. enjoy. and "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin. andrew, welcome back. i hope you're feeling better. >> thank you. i had a little bit of a stomach bug. >> we're all a little sick around the table here. >> i know. it's a little -- i feel like weak, you know when your bones feel a little something? you had that, joe, two weeks ago, right? >> exactly what you had. you didn't -- you remember -- i remember bridesmaids, right? i'm not sure what all that came out of. i had both going. you didn't have both going? you are the just -- you were hurling. >> i was, i was. in the middle of the night. i had to send an e-mail to the producers. >> it's very weird. it's not even a 24-hour thing. >> no, i will say it was going by when the show was still going on. >> we h
this is now a fight for the soul of america. and joining us now fox news contributor juan williams and the author of "the great destroyer" david limbaugh. gentlemen, welcome back to hannity. >> good to be with you sean. >> thank you. >> david, what do you think of all of that? >> i think your intro and your monologue was outstanding. it's exactly what i believe. obama is not negotiating, sean, or juan. he is posturing, he is bullying, he is refuse to go put forward a plan to cut spending or reform entitlements without which we will go bankrupt as a nation. so boehner and his team have to understand that the first fiscal cliff, which is not the real fiscal cliff -- the real fiscal cliff is national bankruptcy, and its imminent if we don't cut spending and entitlements . obama is a bully, inflection i believe, making demands we can't accept because his demands involve spending increases, no spending reductions, tax increases on two percent of people who won't do anything with revenues. it's totally unacceptable. at least under the fiscal cliff we have some mandatory cut, albeit us p
this morning, it is the republicans who are getting the blame. joining us now, monica crowley, a fox news contributor. and monica, why do you think that the president wants us to go over the cliff? explain yourself. >> well, first, it looks like the house g.o.p. leadership actually went through the mayan apocalypse, okay? last night. and the president wants to go over the fiscal cliff and always has for two reasons, stuart, number one, he wants all of the rates to go up. not just on the 1 or 2% top earners. he wants everybody's tax rates to go up and even if you were to confiscate a 100% of the assets for the government for a handful of days. stuart: why would he want everybody to pay taxes to pay more. >> he wants revenue to pay for his monstrous, ever-growing, ever-ravenous government, and he knows the money is with the middle class, not 1%. and the top 1% assets to income you fund the government for about 11 days. the real money is with the middle class he needs their rates to go up. the second part of this is, he wants the defense sequester, 500 billion dollars taken out of defense th
against u.s. bank websites and made that threat in the fall and this is a new threat set to start this week, we hear. and a list of banks targeted includes j.p. morgan chase, bank of america, u.s. bancorp, pnc financial services and suntrust banks. more details when we've got them. the power and might of unions on display today and being tested. you will see huge protests at the state capital building in michigan where right to work legislation will be signed today. that means workers will be able to choose if they want to join the union. they will no longer be compelled to pay dues. here is the president speaking at a daimler factory in michigan yesterday. >> we do everything we can to encourage companies like daimler to keep investing in american workers. and by the way, what we shouldn't do, i just got, what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages. stuart: and take away your rights to bargain. is that what's at stake here? is collective bargaining a right? these are obvious questions, we'll be on it through the program and our camera
, and what's it mean for the markets? >> everybody's focus, they're looking at the fed, but most of us know what the fed is likely going to do, which is going to be maybe they extend this buying they've been doing and help out some of the mortgage markets in that regard. i don't expect a huge, big storyline to come out of the fed today. i think everybody's focus continues to be on the cliff. we all know it. we've all been much waiwatching. obviously, this has been a news driven market. it depends on who's speaking and what they're talking about. you look at the volatility index, that says it all. we're in that area, 15 to 16. and then you look over the financials. they've been the backbone of this rally. today they rally nicely. i'm looking at the financials. if we get anything positive from the fed or start to get anything more positive coming about what kind of conversations are going about the cliff, i think the financials do have plenty of upside. >> take a look at where we stand now. dow has been up five straight days. hasn't had a run like that since march. we're working on sixth day
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